We have learned vial a piece in OilPrice.com that turbines at a wind farm in western Germany are being dismantled to allow for the expansion of open cast coal mining operations at an adjacent site. The propsal to increase output at the Garzweiler open-pit lignite coal mine has been described as a “paradoxical” situation given that in recent years the German government has been pushing ahead with the closure of coal and nuclear generating plant to appease its nutty but powerful Green party, the support of which has been essential to prop up ruling coalitions in the German Federal Parliament. The decision also highlights the current prioritization of energy security over the green dreams of the net zero brigade and Greta Thunberg fan club in Europe’s biggest economy.
The government's obsession with pandering to the loonytoons demands of environmentalist groups had left Germany dependent on cheap gas from Russia for the fuel needed to run its power stations and generate the electrical energy needed by industrial, commercial and domestic consumers.
The dismantling of one or more wind turbines at the wind farm close to the coal mine, operated by energy giant RWE, has already started. RWE says that lignite, or brown coal, has been mined from the Garzweiler coalfields for over 100 years.
RWE also said at the end of September that three of its lignite-fired coal units that had previously been mothballed would be recommissioned and resume feeding electricity to the distribution grid to by the end of October.
“The three lignite units each have a capacity of 300 megawatts (MW). With their deployment, they contribute to strengthening the security of supply in Germany during the energy crisis and to saving natural gas in electricity generation,” RWE said last month.
The the company is increasing output at the mine after a court in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia ruled in favor of the energy group in a land dispute in March this year to expand the lignite mine.
Commenting on the dismantling of wind turbines to make way for expanding a coal mine, Guido Steffen, a spokesperson for RWE, told the UK's Guardian newspaper, “We realize this comes across as paradoxical.”
“But that is as matters stand,” Steffen added.
Earlier this week, the ministry for economic and energy affairs of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia urged RWE to abandon the plan to dismantle the wind farm.
“In the current situation, all potential for the use of renewable energy should be exhausted as much as possible and existing turbines should be in operation for as long as possible,” a spokesperson for the state’s ministry told the Guardian. Unfortunately this virtue signalling clown has not yet got his head round the fact that when there is insufficient wind speed, wind turbines cannot produce any electricity wheras in a modern society a steady and totally reliable supply of electricity is needed to keep essential functions running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.